ISLAMABAD – The federal government is spending millions of rupees on rented buildings used by its diplomatic missions abroad solely due to lackluster response and inaction on the part of Foreign Ministry which could not erect buildings on 18 plots owned by Pakistan government in 16 different countries.Documents obtained by the Waqt News reveal that some of the plots were owned by the Pakistan government four decades ago, but construction work is yet to be started there. Pakistan has 117 diplomatic missions across the world out of which there are 87 embassies and 30 other diplomatic offices. However, only 46 diplomatic missions are working in buildings owned by Pakistan government and rest of the 71 diplomatic offices are discharging their duties in rented buildings, forcing the national exchequer to pay hefty amounts as rent of these offices. On the other hand, by constructing offices on 18 plots owned by Pakistan government in different countries the diplomatic missions there can save bulky amounts being paid as rent. As per the documents, Pakistan government had acquired a plot of 14,610 square yard on lease in 1959 in the Australia’s Canberra city. Pakistan government is also having 16,000 sq metre plot in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka since 2003 and 25,000 square metre plot in Brazilian capital Brasilia since 1967. In the same way two plots of approximately 4,500 hector in Brunei Darussalam are awaiting construction since 2004. Pakistan had purchased a plot of 31,700 square metre in 1984 in Canada’s city of Ottawa while a piece of land measuring 5,000 square feet purchased with a sum of 55.6 million Yuan in China’s city Shanghai is lying vacant since 2000. Chinese government had also given a plot of 4,000 sq metre free of cost to Pakistan in its capital Beijing which is still without a building structure. In the same way Pakistan government has plots in Iraq, Malaysia, Nepal, Oman, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan on which building structures are yet to be erected. Foreign Office spokesman Moazzam Khan was not available for comments when contacted.